The Mbira Centre

The Mbira Centre


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Mbira Month is a 30-day, global celebration of the Zimbabwean traditional musical instrument called the mbira.

The Art of crafting and playing the Mbira was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December. Mbira plays a key role in many Zimbabwean communities concerned.

Fradreck Mujuru is one of the country's foremost Mbira Manufacturers. He is considered by many to be the greatest living mbira maker, as well as a highly respected musician.

Born on 31 October 1955, in Dewedzo, Rusape Fradreck grew up with a keen interest in the mbira instrument, because it was held in high esteem in his village. At eight, Fradreck learnt to play the Mbira and his ability was soon recognised by the elders.

In 1972, Fradreck was accepted into the prestigious circle of mbira musicians at Dambatsoko who played for Muchatera which included the late Ephat and other Mujurus.

He got interested in manufacturing the Mbira in 1981, after receiving his first personal instrument from Ephat which hurt his fingers and he vowed to improve on it. He then apprenticed with Sekuru Gora and he specialized in making the mbira in Dambatsoko.

Fradreck has taught Mbira at residencies at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan. His mbiras are now world-famous, and some are included in the collections of museums.

He was one of the 40 Living legends honoured by the Government of Zimbabwe as part of the NAMA Legends@ 40 celebrations of the country's 40th Independence Anniversary Celebrations.

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The report offers a rapid diagnostic of the current situation of the music sector to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The analysis was carried out under the framework of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility for the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries and is part of the Zimbabwe project “Strategy for the sustainable development of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in Zimbabwe – focus on the Music sector” piloted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.


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The discussion looks at the Youth in the arts and seeks to assess the challenges they have faced due to the pandemic and propose strategies on how they can be positioned for future development going forward.

ResiliArt is a global movement initiated by UNESCO that aims to strengthen the resilience of artists and cultural professionals in the face of the enormous challenges posed by the current health crisis.
The COVID19 health crisis has enormous global ramifications for the creative sector. It has impacted the entire creative value chain – creation, production, distribution and access – and considerably weakened the professional, social and economic status of artists and cultural professionals.


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The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has congratulated Charmaine Mapimbiro (aka Sha-Sha) on winning the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act Award at the 20th BET Awards held in Los Angeles at the weekend.

NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said Sha Sha’s success did not come as a surprise to the council as they were aware of the amount of hard work and dedication that she had put in her artistic works.

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Clarence Avant, music executive known as 'Godfather of Black Music,' dies at 92 15/08/2023

Clarence Avant, music executive known as 'Godfather of Black Music,' dies at 92 Clarence Avant, the music executive known as the "Godfather of Black Music," has died at the age of 92, according to his family.


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Locally made musical instruments should be Africa's primary tools of instruction in formal music education. This would do wonders for children's music education in Africa.

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I take this to be a great compliment!😊

"Aaaa this is crazy good! A very unique, soothing, healing and inspiring sound. This is really the sound we have been waiting for because it takes mbira from the old tradition to something utopian. Makorokoto VaChimedza." - Dr. Ignatius Mabasa

The Mbira Centre on Twitter “"Aaaa this is crazy good! A very unique, soothing, healing and inspiring sound. This is really the sound we have been waiting for because it takes mbira from the old tradition to something utopian. Makorokoto VaChimedza." - Dr. Ignatius Mabasa”

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Photo of an 18-Years-old Tina Turner ("Little Ann") in a Nightclub next to a Microphone in 1958.

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an American-born Swiss[a] singer and actress. Widely referred to as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll", she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike and Tina Turner R***e before launching a successful career as a solo performer.

Tina Turner was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Her family lived in the nearby rural unincorporated community of Nutbush, Tennessee, where her father worked as an overseer of the sharecroppers at Poindexter Farm on Highway 180; she later recalled picking cotton with her family at an early age.

As a young girl, Bullock sang in the church choir at Nutbush's Spring Hill Baptist Church. When she was 11, her mother Zelma ran off without warning. Bullock and her sisters were sent to live with their maternal grandmother, Georgeanna Currie in Brownsville, Tennessee.

As a teenager, Bullock joined both the cheerleading squad and the female basketball team at Carver High School in Brownsville, and "socialized every chance she got". When Bullock was 16, her grandmother died, so she went to live with her mother in St. Louis. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1958.

Turner began her career with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, "Boxtop", in 1958. In 1960, she was introduced as Tina Turner with the hit duet single "A Fool in Love". The duo Ike & Tina Turner became "one of the most formidable live acts in history". They released hits such as "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary", and "Nutbush City Limits" before disbanding in 1976.

In 1976 and 1977, Turner earned income by appearing on TV shows such as The Hollywood Squares, Donny & Marie, The Sonny & Cher Show and The Brady Bunch Hour.

In October 1981, Rod Stewart attended Turner's show at the Ritz in New York City and invited her to perform "Hot Legs" with him on Saturday Night Live. In November, Turner opened for the Rolling Stones during their 1981 American Tour. Turner's recording of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion" for the UK production team BEF became a hit in European dance clubs in 1982.

During her second stint at the Ritz, she signed with Capitol Records in 1983. In November 1983, she released her cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" which was produced by B.E.F. It reached several European charts, including No. 6 in the UK. In the US, the song peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs, and No. 3 Hot Black Singles.

Following the single's surprise success, Capitol Records greenlit a studio album. Turner had two weeks to record her Private Dancer album, which was released in May 1984. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. Private Dancer was certified 5× Platinum in the United States, and sold 10 million copies worldwide, becoming her most successful album.

Also in May 1984, Capitol issued the album's second single, "What's Love Got to Do with It"; the song had previously been recorded by the pop group Bucks Fizz. Following the album's release, Turner joined Lionel Richie as the opening act on his tour.

On September 1, 1984, Turner achieved her first and only No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "What's Love Got to Do with It". The follow-up singles "Better Be Good to Me" and "Private Dancer" were both U.S. top 10 hits. Turner culminated her comeback when she won three Grammys at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "What's Love Got to Do with It". In February 1985, she embarked on her second world tour to support the Private Dancer album. Two nights were filmed at Birmingham, England's NEC Arena and later released as a concert on home video. During this time, she also contributed vocals to the USA for Africa benefit song "We Are the World".

Turner's success continued when she traveled to Australia to star opposite Mel Gibson in the 1985 post-apocalyptic film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The movie provided her with her first acting role in ten years; she portrayed the glamorous Aunty Entity, the ruler of Bartertown. Upon release, critical response to her performance was generally positive. The film was a global success, grossing more than $36 million in the United States.Turner later received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress for her role in the film. She recorded two songs for the film, "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" and "One of the Living"; both became hits with the latter winning her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

In 1993, the semi-autobiographical film What's Love Got to Do with It was released. The film starred Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner. Turner contributed to the soundtrack for What's Love Got to Do with It, re-recording old songs and several new songs. The single "I Don't Wanna Fight" from the soundtrack was a top 10 hit in the U.S. and UK.

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Pan-African Mbira Festival KHNYSA 2023 25/05/2023

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Global Cultural Relations Programme 2023

The Cultural Relations Platform is looking for 40 professionals and entrepreneurs working in the cultural and creative sectors OR in climate change and environmental issues, aged 25-39, with at least three years’ experience in international/cross-cultural collaboration.

GCRP 2023 will take place in person, in Madrid, Spain. Travel and accommodation costs during the programme days will be covered by the CRP.

Deadline: May 28th, 2023.

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Hey there, fam! It's been a while since I've posted, but I'm excited to be back and sharing my personal experiences on my music journey with you all.

I'll never forget the day my boss approached me and asked if I could play the Kora instrument. I had never even played it before, but apparently, he needed a second Kora player for Disney animal Kingdom, and the only way to get one was to send for one from Senegal, Africa. And with time running out, he had a crazy idea: why not teach me to play?

I was intrigued by the challenge, but also a little intimidated. I was already an accomplished acoustic player, but the Kora was a whole different ballgame. It was a 21-stringed instrument made of cow skin and a gourd, and it was played while walking around - it was an atmosphere entertainment.

But there was a catch: I only had two weeks to learn six songs and perfect my performance. That meant long practice hours and sleepless nights. And not only did I have to learn to play the Kora, but I also had to learn to sing and walk around at the same time. It was the hardest and most challenging thing I had ever done in my life.

The two weeks that followed were a blur of bruised hands, sore feet, and nervous energy. I barely remembered the six songs that I had to perform, and I wasn't sure if it was all going to work out. But I kept at it, practicing every spare minute I had.

Finally, on the 15th day, I found myself in front of a Disney director named Mr. Mark. I was about to perform for 30 minutes, and everything in my body was shaking with nerves. So many "what ifs" were running through my head, and gripping fear threatened to take over.

But then something amazing happened. As soon as I started playing the Kora, I felt a sense of calm wash over me. The music flowed through me, and I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I gave it my all, pouring every ounce of energy into my performance. And when it was over, Mr. Mark looked at me with a smile on his face and said, "You've got the job."

I couldn't believe it - I had been approved immediately! The following week, I became the first female Kora player to perform at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It was an experience that I'll never forget - one that taught me that anything is possible with hard work and determination.

So there you have it, fam! A little glimpse into my journey as a musician and the challenges that come with pursuing your dreams. Thanks for tuning in - stay tuned for more stories like this!

Timeline photos 29/04/2023

Breaking News: Harry Belafonte, the barrier-breaking singer, actor and activist who became a major force in the civil rights movement, has died at 96.


Another brick in our fabric of life has risen, Mr. Harry Belafonte; Mar. 1-1927 – April-25-2023)🙏was an American singer, activist, and actor. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Best known for "The Banana Boat Song" with its signature "Day-O" lyric, "Jump in the Line", and "Jamaica Farewell". He recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He also starred in several films, including Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). PRAYERS GOING OUT TO HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS🙏🙏🙏
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Guess who unexpectedly dropped by this morning? Happy Independence Day?😊🇿🇼


Electronic music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose experimental compositions influenced millions and whose award-winning film scores included The Last Emperor and The Revenant, has died at 71.


A Master musician has moved on. RIP🥂💐❤️

Photos from The Mbira Centre's post 31/03/2023

2014! Such a long long time ago? Where are we now 🤔

Timeline photos 18/03/2023

The Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, the Directorate and Staff, and the Friends of the Gallery, extend their condolences to the Wallace family upon the death of Marjorie Wallace. She worked closely with the National Gallery Artlife shop supplying her beautiful pottery products.
Her contribution to the Zimbabwean Art Scene will always be remembered through her work. Her work is widely collected, with her ceramic products housed within our Artlife Shop. She shall be missed.
May Her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

Mbiraland 08/03/2023

A video of the first demo recording of “Mbiraland” the title track of my current music project. It is a sound that speaks to me and, I hope, speaks to you.
I’ll keep you posted. Enjoy the music by clicking on the link in the first comment.

Mbiraland A video of the first demo recording of “Mbiraland” the title track of my current music project. It is a sound that speaks to me and, I hope, speaks to you.

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Today at 4am, Wayne Shorter peacefully continued on his immense journey into the unknown. He was surrounded by loving family. In his words, “It’s time to go get a new body and come back to continue the mission.” Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.


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Mbira is Our Life.
Handmade mbiras of the highest quality.
Mbira in Schools.
Mbira Festivals.
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